Saturday, May 6, 2023

When Eugene B. Redmond wondered about the meaning of a black poem

In the late 1960s, Eugen B. Redmond became preoccupied by a series of questions, "What’s a black poem? What is black poetry? What’s black about black poetry?" Those questions led to a poem followed by a play considering the subject of black poetry then an expanded essay, next a short manuscript, then a longer essay, and eventually a full-length book, Drumvoices: The Mission of Afro-American Poetry, a Critical Study (1976).


Voiceover by Kassandra Timm
Whiteboard animation by Sierra Taylor

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